3/13/15 - Michigan's Chemistry Companies Welcome Governor Snyder’s Spotlight on Energy Efficiency, but Call for Policies to Address Michigan's Costly Electric Rates

LANSING, MI, March 13, 2015 – In response to Governor Snyder’s special energy message, the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) thanked him for putting forth a comprehensive proposal and for highlighting the need for Michigan to reduce energy waste. The MCC also called for a greater focus on policies to address Michigan’s costly electric rates.

“We agree with Governor Snyder that reducing energy waste makes the most sense for our people, our economy, and our environment.” said Michigan Chemistry Council Executive Director John Dulmes. “Michigan’s chemistry companies are proud of our contributions to energy-efficient homes and vehicles, and we were glad to see the Governor highlight those innovations from our state.”

“We also recognize Governor Snyder’s leadership on many issues to make our state more competitive for jobs and investment. We need policies that will do more to move the needle on energy cost,” Dulmes said. “The Governor’s own dashboard illustrates Michigan’s problem: our people and employers have been paying too much for energy for too long:”


“Michigan’s chemistry companies believe that greater competition and effective regulatory oversight is needed to address this problem, which is a barrier to manufacturing growth in our state,” Dulmes said. “We would have liked to have heard more specifics from the Governor on how to address these issues.”

The MCC's Energy Policy Agenda for 2015 detailed specific policy initiatives in the four areas of competitive energy costs, energy efficiency, clean energy, and an adaptive Michigan energy policy.

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is Michigan’s third-largest manufacturing sector, supporting nearly 120,000 Michigan jobs and generating $127 million in state and local taxes.

For more information, please visit www.MichiganChemistry.com